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. this strong man who survived boot camp ti and and police officer training couldn't survive an encounter with a teenaged gang member who had just been released from jail. . never even had a chance to unholter his weapon, mr. speaker. just trying to protect, serve, enforce the law and he was ambushed. his funeral gave all of us an opportunity to reflect not only on his life but on the lives of all the other folks in south carolina who died in the line of duty. whether it be russ sorrow or kevin camper or eric nicholson or marcus woodfield. or greg alia, who was killed in the line of duty as my friend from columbia made note of and
his wife is here and his family is here and they have a little boy that is less than 1 years old. so i want to say this in conclusion, mr. speaker. i want to thank all the women and men in uniform. who are willing to do what most of us are not willing to do. and interact with people that most of us are not willing to interact with. and miss things in life that most of us are not willing to miss. but i especially want to send a message, mr. speaker, to allen jacob's two sons and his daughter on the way and greg alia's son. their fathers lived a life of service and sacrifice and significance and they left the greatest legacy that you can ever leave children. which is a good name to be proud of. would yield back.
>> excuse me. thank you, mr. gowdy. i was going to try to get some courage up to tell one of my stories about my partner who was killed in 1982. mr. reichert: i think i'm going to wait. gain my composure. and yield to mr. jolly from florida, who has led one of these special orders in the past in honor of police officers and is another staunch supporter of law enforcement across this great nation. i yield to mr. jolly. mr. jolly: i want to thank the sheriff. i want to associate myself, i know we all do, with our colleague, mr. gowdy's, remarks. this is personal for so many. mr. speaker, i rise today on behalf of the people of the
state of florida who if they were here in this chamber tonight would also want to associate themselves with the gratitude that fills this well. gratitude to law enforcement officers who each day do risk their lives. they risk their own security. they risk the stability of their family, at and -- and at times they risk the security of their children. knowing the risk that is on the line every day. mr. speaker, the risk is very real. it's very audible. we know it's been -- we know, it's been talked about tonight, that on average we lose a law enforcement officer once every three days. in the line of duty. as sheriff reichert very rightfully pointed out, we also know the prevalence of assaults and injuries. by some accounts, more than one assault every single hour of every single day, 365 days of every single year.
the risk is real. we all have an opportunity, the privilege to hold the public trust when we sit in this chamber. we represent fine men and women who wear the uniform, we represent multiple police officers, other law enforcement agencies. one of the great departments i've gotten the opportunity to work with since being a member is the clear water police department -- clearwater police department. men and women of impeccable character and bravery, but also impeccable sacrifice. a department that dons the number four on their shirts, to remember four law enforcement officers from their department who paid the ultimate sacrifice. patrolman harry conyers, ronald mahoney, john passer and peter price. so what can this body do in addition to paying tribute on behalf of the people we represent to those who serve in blue? our men and women in law enforcement? we can do what we're doing tonight, but we need to do it every single year. what we need in town are
members in congress and elected officials who stand with law enforcement. frankly, mr. speaker, i'm sick and tired of people in this town who refuse to stand with law enforcement, who take cheap shots, questioning the integrity of men and women who put their life on the line every day. you want to make america safer, you want to solve civil unrest throughout the country? let's stand with law enforcement. let's say, just as you have our back, we have yours. because the way to solve so many of these issues that we have seen on display on television in the last two years is to dispense with the rhetoric, dispense with the lies and rumors and say, as a body this congress, this government is going to stand with our law enforcement officers each and every day. two simple measures that i've introduced and i'm joined by colleagues each who have other measures as well, there are a lot of good measures out there. one we will be highlighting tomorrow in the national press conference called the thin blue line act. it provides for enhanced
penalties for anyone who assaults or takes the life of a police officer. we currently provide those additional protections for someone that attacks a child, an elderly person, a disabled person. i think we should take that model code and apply it to law enforcement officers as well. if you take the life of a law enforcement officer, be prepared to lose your own. another piece of legislation i think we should move on is something that addresses some of the questions about the 1033 program, to provide surplus equipment. this president has launched a war on local law enforcement by restricting the availability of equipment and technology for local law enforcement agencies. why don't we trust the leadership and the judgment of our local law enforcement leaders? our chiefs and our sheriffs to determine what equipment is necessary for their force? i have legislation that would leave 1033 perfectly in place but simply require local law enforcement agencies to certify they have personnel trained and capable of operating that equipment.
it is the right way to stand with law enforcement and say, we're going to make sure you have the tools and technology you need. the risk is very real. the politics at times are absolutely disgusting. we may never be able to replace the loss of families whose fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters were lost in the line of duty. we may never be able to heal the wounds. but we can honor our law inforcement officers every day -- enforcement officers every day. it is what this body is attempting to do tonight. it is the commitment of my colleagues i stand here with, to let law enforcement officers around the country know that just as you've got our back, we got yours. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. mr. reichert: i thank you, mr. jolly, for your comments and your strong support of law enforcement over the years. especially appreciate your comments regarding the partnership between police and
community. the police cannot protect our families and our neighborhoods and our communities alone. the communities can't do it alone. there has to be a partnership there, mr. speaker, and that partnership has to be based on trust. so together as a nation, in our communities across this great country, we have got to come together, police and communities, for the good of our children and the protection of our neighborhoods and the safety of our country. i think we can accomplish that with dialogue and especially going back to the good old days of community policing. and actually visiting and talking with members of your community, as mr. gowdy pointed out, a police officer who stopped in his neighborhood, got out of his car and played basketball with the young men and women on the street. i can remember those days myself. i got hurt in a basketball game with some kids on the street. but that's another story.
i'd like to, mr. speaker, in kentucky. barr mr. barrow: thank you -- mr. barr: thank you, mr. reichert, congress, colleague and sheriff, for this opportunity to support national police week and, more importantly, to thank you for your long career in law enforcement and your service. yesterday, mr. speaker, i had the opportunity to meet with the families of fallen kentucky state troopers eric crissman and blake terrificy. tomorrow i will meet with the families -- trivy. tomorrow i will meet with the families of burke rhodes and fallen richmond police officer daniel ellis. each of these men died while doing his job, to defend our communities and to keep our families safe. these families have been deprivinged of a loved one, endured tremendous pain and made enormous sacrifices so that all of us can live with
greater peace of mind. at a time when some are using the bad actions of a few to attack the dignity of the entire law enforcement profession, let the sacrifices of these men and their families remind us that uniformed officers are putting their lives on the line for our benefit every single day. we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all law enforcement officers throughout this country, and especially to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. my wife, carol, and i had the privilege and the honor of attending the memorial service for fallen richmond, kentucky, police officer daniel ellis just a few months ago. the memorial service and the eastern kentucky university alumni colosseum was packed full of family and friends and colleagues on the richmond police force. but even more impressively, brothers in blue from all over kentucky and all over the
country, packing in that colosseum to pay tribute to this hero to our community. richmond police officer chief larry barack, who was eulogizing his colleague, addressed the crowd, and speaking of ellis' valor and his kindness, he also expressed the heartbreak felt by all of ellis' colleagues in blue. this is what he said. as we left the hospital to escort daniel to frankfort for the required medical exam, the skies opened up and it poured rain. it was as if the angels themselves were crying at the loss of the special young man. his voice breaking. so i'd like to join all of my colleagues in welcoming the tens of thousands of people who have come across the country to our nation's capital in support of police week. i especially want to thank katie, the widow of officer ellis, and officer ellis'
3-year-old son, luke. in the words of the gospel john, chapter 15, verse 13, greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. again, thank you, congressman reichert, for hosting this important special order, to recognize the contributions and the sacrifices of police officers from across the country. i yield back. mr. reichert: thank you, mr. barr. thank you for your comments and your support. i would like to yield time now to mr. buck from colorado. mr. buck: thank you, sheriff reichert, and others who have so he will quenltly spoken -- so eloquently spoken and recognized the importance of this week. police week gives us the opportunity to honor and thank those law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to protect us. the men and women who work in
law enforcement know the definition of sacrifice. they know the look on the spouse's face when they leave for the swing shift. they know the loneliness of a patrol car on a snowy night. they know how many times they've looked at that picture of their family on the dashboard. and they know what the like to lose one of their own. in d.o.l. we've already lost three -- colorado we've already lost three officers this year. deputy sheriff travis russell -- russell, corporal nate car began, deputy sheriff -- carrigan, deputy sheriff derek gear. speaking their names won't bring them back for dinner tonight or put them in their patrol car or seat them in the bleacher of their son's baseball game on saturday. we must honor those who have fallen, but our honor must engender resolve. otherwise we're forgetting too quickly the sacrifices we meant to remember. this is why i've introduced the
blue lives matters act. the despicable criminals who would assault or kill an officer simply because of that officer's status as a member of law enforcement deserve an enhanced status, an enhanced sentence and a prosecution from every -- an investigation from every possible agency that we can bring resources from. this legislation ensures that these kls see justice. everywhere -- criminals see justice. everywhere i go in colorado i run into officers who thank me for introducing this bill. i appreciate that. but i don't deserve their thanks. protecting police officers isn't something we do because we have some extra time or because we feel especially patriotic. congress has a duty to protect those who protect us. i thank you and i yield back. mr. reichert: thank you for your support and taking time to honor the fallen in the state of colorado. mr. speaker, may i inquire how much time is left? the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman has 19 minutes remaining. mr. reichert: i'd like to yield a few minutes before i close to mr. green from texas. mr. green: thank you. i greatly appreciate it. i'd also like to thank president john f. kennedy for recognizing on our peace officers. and i want to say that i'm grateful that you have chosen to come to the floor and have this special order honoring those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. . i have heard persons talk comb the virtues of peace officers and i don't have have to have it explained to me because i have a personal experience that i can relate to. my uncle, sheriff, was a deputy sheriff. my uncle was a peace officer.
he was well respected in his community. nd i adored him. he and i were together in his patrol car and i was asking a lot of questions. and his comment to another person with us was, this boy is asking a lot of questions. he's going to be a lawyer, because he's asking so many questions. i did not know what a lawyer was, but i knew that if my uncle who was a deputy sheriff that i was going to be a lawyer, then a lawyer i would be. and from that day forward, i had one mission in life when it came to my education and my career and that was to be a lawyer cause my uncle, the deputy
sheriff, plow claimed it as such. he name was dallasiates and severed in vero beach. he became a minister and passed away just recently. was not in the line of duty but he lived and made a difference in the lives of others. with reference to the phrase itself, this terminology, in the line of duty. it takes on new meaning if you peace he ceremony of a officer. it will take on new meaning. when you see that horse, riderless horse, with the boots in the stir ups, it takes on new
meaning. when you see the family grieving, it takes on new meaning. when you understand that a person who was willing to sacrifice so that others might have life, it takes on a new meaning. i'm honored to be here tonight and i want people to know that there are many of us who believe that we have to support our law enforcement officers and stand with them and recognize that in the line of duty, means more than going to work. it stismse means not coming home. thank you for the time. mr. reichert: thank you, mr. green. thank you for your support and i think your uncle gave you great advice. mr. speaker, as i sat here and stood here and listened to all
of the other presenters, i came to the realization, there were a lot of people here that might be more articulate what it means to be a police officer, even though i served for 3 years, a lot of the word touched me here tonight, because it brings back emories of good friends. i think what i'll do, i want to tell a brief story of related to some topics that were discussed earlier tonight about the opioid
epidemic here. and yes, we're concerned about the people who are addict the, concerned and rightly so about the families who are trying to deal with that addiction and the dangers it presents to the person addicted and the tragedy it presents to that family and the addicted individual and the community in entirety. but sometimes we forget to include the police officer in that group of people that are endangered by this epidemic that has gripped our nation. they are the first people there. they are the first ones called to a scene where someone might be acting up as a result of being addicted to heroin or some
other drug. i can remember a night -- i just want to share this short story, so, mr. speaker, you can understand. this is something that happens to police officers across this country every day of the year. i was with a team of officers who were assigned to serve a drug search warrant on an apartment. we were all asigned a room to go to. i kicked in the door and i went to a small bathroom. when i entered that door and went into the bathroom, there was a young man in the young man with a needle inject d in his arm, his eyes were glazed over and he saw come in and i said raise your hands above your head
and drop to your knees. he stood there and staired at me for a short time and his right hand moved to the right and came out with a gun. at that moment, i had to make a decision. every police officer has to make a decision, a split-second decision, is my life in danger am i go go to my family. is this the time. those things go through your mind in a map snap of a finger, you have to make a decision and something told me i could talk to this young man and i got him and he leaped back and dropped the gun in the toilet and fell to his knees and we handcuffed him and took him to jail. i share that story to emphasize that police officers are going through these dangerous situations every day and having
to make those decisions, and then, mr. speaker, every day, after that, they second-guess themselves if they decide to pull the trigger and then the community will continue to second-guess and yes we need to be questioned and accountable and trained, but it's so easy to monday morning quarterback. i had a partner killed in 1982. we were tracking down a murder shot t and my partner was in the chest and killed. he had five sons. they are all grown men now, and rew up without their father. in 1984, another friend and good
was stabbed with a world war ii sword and killed. just a few years before that, his name was michael rayburn, my partner's name, sam hicks, just a few years before that, rayburn saved my life. i was directing traffic just south of seattle. pretty major accident. i had my back turned to the ditch behind me and deputy rayburn and drove off and just at the moment, somebody had a knife in his hand and buried
that knife in my back. mike rayburn was there just in the nick of time and tackled that man who was about to stab me. two years later, mike rayburn was dead. and his kids grew up without their father. 'm here tonight to honor them. i'm here tonight to honor every . lice officer in this country and i'm here tonight, mr. speaker, to ask people across the nation to go say thank you to the police officers that protect their community, protect
their children, protect their homes each and every day. and i'll be there on sunday at the memorial in front of the capitol to be with those families. i've held the widows in my arms as the sheriff. i have held the children who cried. we will be doing it again on sunday. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: i thank the gentleman for yielding. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2015, the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, from texas. mr. green: i'm honored tonight to stand here in the u.s. house of representatives to call to the attention of my colleagues
and my friends h.r. 5025, a bill that will bring some relief to much suffering in the houston area in the state of texas. but before i get into the bill itself. i i think it appropriate to thank people to help us get to this point. i'm going to thank my colleague who will be speaking, the honorable gene green who serves in the 29th congressional district which is adjacent to the district i serve and i thank gene green, because he is the original co-sponsor and was there to help shape it and know that you have a friend to work with. nd i want to thank congressman
culberson. he is the first to make this legislation bipartisan. this is not a partisan issue. flooding is not a partisan issue. the lives that are lost, none of this is partisan and i thank congressman culberson and the i would like to thank the 60 co-sponsors of this legislation who would like to see what has been authorized materialize such as in houston, text action, we can not only eliminate a lot of flooding, but mitigate that which we cannot eliminate. and i thank chairman mccaul, homeland security. he published the letter for us, the members of the texas legislation to send to the president of the united states
of america, asking that texas have certain areas within the state declared disaster areas because of the horrific flooding that took place on what we call tax day. and i thank the leadership for allowing us to have this time. the leadership makes us possible. and timely, i want to thank president obama. because president obama did, mr. speaker, did declare certain areas disaster areas so we might receive the help of fema and help people to restore their limbs. tornte, i will say more about these things i mentioned. but now i'm going to ask my colleague, who is the lead co-sponsor of this, to have his commentary, because his district
has suffered greatly, not just this time, but in the past, suffered greatly from these floods. i will leave all to be said by him. but i acknowledge his great work in the united states of america, not only on this issue, but on many other issues impacting people in his district and the length and breadth. the honorable gene green. i yield to you. mr. green: i thank my neighbor and friend for setting this special order tonight for what we call the tax-day floods. our district was hit by flooding but not as much as al green's. i was in his district that week and also in the neighboring districts, congressman lee and
congressman mccaul and congressman brady, but i was looking at a memo, we have a hunting p bio and the people who lived in that area along interstate 10-east, they cleaned out their homes and it is a tragedy. . the flooding claimed the live of nine of our citizens and required the rescuing of 1,200. we are currently working on the figure on where to house the folks who cannot return to their homes. this is the second major flooding disaster houston has experienced in the last six months. the city's expecting additional rain even this weekend, and saturday.
residents of our congressional district, as well as other members' districts have been severely affected and we must do everything we can to stop the needless loss of life. the president has recognized the significance of the catastrophe and fulfilled a request for a disaster declaration. now it's the job of congress to help our constituents. that's why i worked with my neighbor and friend, colleague, representative al green, to introduce the tax day flood supplemental act. h.r. 5025. the legislation would provide $311 million to the u.s. army corps of engineers for the construction and in most cases completion of our bio and flood projects in the area. flooding is not new to houston. but we've learned how to control it. our system has saved countless lives and millions of dollars in damage since the creation of them. unfortunately due to the consistent budget pressure, the army corps of engineers cannot adequately fund these projects. this bill would ensure that our federal, state, local
authorities have the resources necessary to expedite these flood control projects we know will protect people and property. my colleagues and i have requested the director of fema and the secretary of housing and urban development to tour our districts and see the damage firsthand. and i renew that request again today. the support in the community is overwhelming. the greater houston partnership , our chamber of commerce, supports this legislation and they estimate that the total loss is about $1.9 billion. and the also supported by our local -- in harris county we created a flood control district that partners with the corps of engineers. our harris county flood control district also supports this legislation. additionally, i want to make sure that the folks on the ground have the information they need to get back in their homes. fema has opened disaster senters in our community. but if you're not -- centers in our community. but if you're not near one of
those centers, you can apply to fema by phone. -3362.-800-621 fema can offer two types of assistance. housing assistance, temporary housing, money to help prepare, replace your primary residence, nonhousing needs include mental, dental, funeral costs, clothing, household items, tools, home fuel, disaster-related moving and storage, replacement of disaster-damaged vehicles. after 24 hours, fema will follow up with you. it's important in our district to know that if you're spanish -- your spanish speaking households have children, fema can help you. if there's a legal resident or a citizen living in that home. it's important, mr. speaker, that we help victims in our neighborhoods so we can get back on top and get -- and help
them. i urge our body, this house, to pass the emergency funding legislation and do so as quickly as we can. i want to thank my colleague and friend, i was impressed that day when we were in your strict, the flooding and the outpouring of people. i've seen it in our district, where people will literally move everything from their house, they have to throw it away. it's out on the curb. the city of houston is cleaning it up as fast as they can, but we need to get these people back into their homes, but this bill that we have will make sure their homes are not flooded again. that way we don't need to have these repetitive floods like we've had in the last few years. i want to thank my colleague for this special order tonight. but more importantly, i want to thank you for your leadership on this piece of legislation. i'm proud to be your co-sponsor. i yield back. mr. green: thank you. i greatly appreciate all that
you have done to help us, especially coming into my district and being there with the mayor, if you'll recall was there, we had a kind of commissioner in attendance -- a county commissioner in attendance, and persons from that neighborhood. this was not your district, but the people were people that you cared about and they're grateful, as am i, for your coming in and visiting with us. mr. green: if yuled yield to me. it also -- if you'll yield to me. it also had the press conference. everyone was confused. they also had councilmember larry green. so but they can call all of us and we'll help them. mr. green: absolutely. in houston, green is a good name if you want to become a member of the political order. again, i thank my colleague. let me elaborate for just a moment on letter from the houston partnership. because a good many people are
not aware that this is another way for us to say chamber of commerce in texas. we've gone beyond a simple chamber of commerce. we call ours a partnership. because it's an effort among the many to make sure that commerce excels, but also to make sure that people have great opportunities. houston is a city of opportunity. i want to thank the partnership for the letter that has been sent to us supporting h.r. 5025. but now let's be a little more specific. want to thank mr. jamie roots. he is the chairperson of the partnership. he and i have been talking and he has been working with me and with my colleagues to try to make sure that we have an our message get
out to the masses. he has done what he can to help us with this messaging. a message that includes the position of the houston partnership, i must add. also, mr. bob harvey, who is the president and c.e.o. of the partnership. we made a call to them one morning asking if they could get a letter to us indicating their support. that afternoon we had the letter in hand. the letter that i hold in my hand currently. that letter is, without question, a solid indication of support for this project. the last paragraph of it reads, we want to make sure that we do all that we can to help you and your staff as you consider every potential opportunity for federal support. please do not hesitate to call, and they give names and numbers. they are committed to doing what they can to not only help with this legislation, but to help people in their
recoveries, and to prevent this from happening again. the harris county flood control district, mr. michael talbert, sent the letter. the executive director. and in his letter, he speaks of how this can benefit the houston area to the amount of about $2.4 billion. he goesen to talk about the jobs that -- goes on to talk about the jobs that can be created, 6,220 created if we can get this legislation done, if we can get this money into houston. and i must add this, this money is money that we will get eventually into houston. this is not money that we won't ever get. these projects have been authorized. they're already in progress. it's just that we're getting the money in a piecemeal ashion and we need a wholesale
representation of this, such that we can get on with these projects, such that we can prevent future damages, such that we can save lives. what we cannot eliminate we can mitigate in terms of damages. so i'm honored that the corps of engineers, the corps of engineers has these projects that they're working on, and i'm especially honored that the flood control district has let us know that they are absolutely in support of what we're trying to accomplish with h.r. 5025. now, having said all of these things, and making it clear that this is money that has to be matched, that this is money that we will eventually acquire , i think it appropriate for me to say this. this is about more than money. it's about more than things. objects. this is about more than homes
and personal property, cars and all of the things that we call creature comforts. it's about more than these things. it's about people. this legislation really is about human beings. it's about human beings who are in a recovery phase right now, many of them recovering from the tax day flood, some still recovering from the memorial day flood, which took place last memorial day. so the about these people -- so it's about these people. but not only these people, it's about people who lost their lives, mr. speaker, in this flood. my colleague mentioned that there were nine, nine persons that we know of who lost their lives. and wouldn't it be a shame to remember the flood, remember the damages that were imposed
upon the homes and the cars and the furniture, remember the damages, but not remember the people who lost their lives. so tonight i want to take just a moment app -- on behalf of my colleague and many others in this house and just recognize, memorialize, the lives that were lost in this horrific flood, a tragedy that quite frankly could have been mitigated if we had all of these projects to completion. let's just remember these persons and not forget them. so with a degree of slemnyity, i would like to just call their names and say a little bit about each of the nine. armon antonio franco. he was 66 years of age. mr. speaker, he was a retired
h.e.b. produce manager. h.e.b. is one of our food stores. he also worked as a part-time contract limousine driver. this was a man who had children. three children and four grandchildren. the circumstances of his death are that he died after an encounter with high water. something we'll see consistently as i go through this. but he lost his life in houston, texas, in a flood. 'd like to mention ms. claudia , first name is malgar. claudia malgar. she lost her life, 25 years of age. she was a college student. she died in an encounter with high water. there are those who would say
that you can avoid an encounter with high water. i believe that in many circumstances you can. but in houston, texas, we have what are known as flash floods. floods that occur in a flash. and there are many times when you can be caught in a circumstance such that you cannot extricate yourself. because of in the waters will envelope you and you will find yourself in a position such that you cannot even leave the car that you're in because of the way the electronics can malfunction. and if you don't have some device, some tool to break windows, to move yourself through some passageway other than that door, will you find yourself in harm's way and you can lose your life. this has happened to many people. it happened to claudia. d also like to mention pedro morales.
61 years of age. he was a big rig driver, a father and a grandfather, he died in the cab of his 18-wheeler while trapped in a flooded roadway. all of these persons are in and around the houston area. they lost their lives in water due to flooding with the floods. and these are lives we can never forget. i think we should remember the damages that were caused to property, the destruction, but we shouldn't forget the lives that were lost because there are families that are grieving. these were the daughters and sons of somebody. and we should never forget that they lived and lost their lives.
some, i might add, in a needless circumstance, which is my opinion, because of our not fulfilling our obligation to fund what has been authorized. next, we have charles edward odom, 56 years of age, seventh rade social studies teacher, married and two children. died after encountering high water. and then there was terry white rodriguez, 41 years of age, a wife, mother of three, circumstances of death, died in her vehicle after an encount irwith high water. water encounter with high in houston, texas. an unfortunate circumstance, we
should not forget that lives were rostr lost. i know it's going to many of us to go on with our lives and this will be put behind us and we have a moment where we focus on these things. but there are so many other things that our focus is lost nd we focus and that is so important and i don't begrudge. i have a duty, obligation and responsibility to make sure we don't forget these lives that were lost. there will be others. there have been others. but we won't forget these. thi, an forget anita electrical engineer, a wife and a mother of two children, drowned in her car, drowned in
her car. t's not forget sha reese tamari. husband, father of two young children, ages 6 and 8, drowned in his car after he was trapped. we shouldn't forget and we ould commemorate the life of and the person is undisclosed and the circumstance of the death is undisclosed in the fact that we don't know personal information about this person who lost her life or her. i'm assuming from the name it person male, but this
died and was found deceased in his car, a male, deceased in his car, which appears to have been submerged. it was a male. the name is important. the identity is not known completely because we don't know the age and we don't have personal information. and then there's a woman with an ndisclosed name. no personal information available to us at this time with an encounter with high water. all of these unfortunate circumstances involve people. and i want to make sure tonight that while we will talk about the billions of dollars in damages and there were billions of dollars in damages. t estimated that as high as $8
billion in damages when you combine the memorial day floods with the tax day floods, and that is two times the $311 million that we might use to take preventive action. these monies will not help money to get new homes or personal items that have been destroyed. all of these monies will go to projects that were authorized, that projects if completed can prevent the loss of future lives and projects may have prevented the loss of some of these lives. i take it as my personal responsibility to call it to the attention of this house and consider h.r. 2065. the president has declared the
area -- fema is there. we have done it before. and we should do it now. and i want to assure my colleagues that when there is a disaster of this magnitude, you can count on our good officers to help you through your time of need. we understand that we should be there for people. this is what we have done in the past. and whether it was sandy, hurricanes, tornadic activity, whether it's fires or hurricanes along the gulf coast, we want to be there for our people. this is our country and the country is more than bricks and buildings and skyscrapers and military. it's people who live ordinary lives and would expect they would have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, go to work
and come home safely and not find themselves in harm's way, floodwaters that can come in a flash and take them away. mr. speaker, i thank you for this time. i thank my colleagues who have signed on to this piece of legislation and i want to thank the president of the united states, the honorable barack obama, for making his desires known by declaring certain areas in texas a disaster area. i thank the governor because he acted swiftly, promptly and quickly to make the request of the president. i mentioned mr. mccaul, thank you again for your actions in circulateic the letter so all of the members are requesting that
they receive attention from the president and finally, i know these are difficult times for us across the nation and across the world. there are many things that are happening that are challenging for us. but among these things, let us not forget there were people that lost their lives in houston, texas and let us not forget that these floods occur ith the degree of regularity and it is going to happen again. and if it does, i will find mice back here as a reminder that there are things we could have done or should have done and hopefully will do to eliminate much of the flooding and mitigate. and i'm grateful and i yield back. ism the alyields.
-- and -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. green: i move that the house do now adjourn the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted and the
>> permitted to sue the executive branch about how to interpret a statute. there have been significant differences between the executive branch and congress recently. but these are the kinds of political dispute that characterize the democracy. and it's unfortunate that publicans have resorted to attack-payer-funded lawsuits to refight a political fight that they keep losing.
they have been losing this fight for six years. and they'll lose it again. mr. earnest: will the administration -- reporter: will the administration appeal the ruling and secondly, if this does go through, what are the ramifications in the program will this have an impact on the price for consumers? mr. earnest: my colleagues at the department of justice started reviewing the ruling because it was just handed down a few minutes ago. any sort of formal amouns innocent in attempts to appeal will be announced by the department of justice. but we are quite confident. by any formal announcement will come from the department of justice and i have not heard any
sort of analysis about the potential impact of a legal outcome consistent with this decision. reporter: the chairman of the house oversight and government mmittee has invited on the iran nuclear dale. is this a plan to accept or reject? . earnest: if he has false fartives, then i have suggestions for people they should swear in. some members of the committee may have light to shed on this. congressman ken buck from lorado promised on august, 2015 that iran would get $200 billion in sanctions relief. congressman buck is either wrong
or lying and he can discuss that with the committee. he is a member of the committee and and he can show up and explain his false declaration. paul gosar paul gosar was quoted in 2015 saying that this would provide immediate access to approximately $100 billion. again, we now know, we can verify, that's not true. so, again, i don't know if mr. gosar was just wildly misinformed or was lying to the american public. but presumably, if he feels so strongly about this issue, he can explain himself under oath before the committee. he serves on the committee too. so it shouldn't be too hard to arrange his schedule. cynthia lummis, congresswoman, she explained that in